Petition challenging creation of new provinces accepted in LHC

Petitioner says formation of new provinces is 'conspiracy against Pakistan'.


Express August 16, 2011

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court accepted on Tuesday an application submitted by a local lawyer who is seeking to prevent the government from creating new provinces.

Admitting the petition for hearing in the second week of September, the court sought a reply from the Attorney General of Pakistan and the Punjab Advocate General.

The petitioner pleaded that the constitution did not allow the formation of new provinces, adding that new legislation was required to legitimise the action.

He said the formation of new provinces was a conspiracy against Pakistan, adding that such a move would weaken the country.

The application further states that the issue of new provinces is being exploited by politicians to hide the problems, facing the country.

The Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) are in favour of a new province and have been debating the issue in the Punjab Assembly.

Earlier this week, in a surprising move that appears to contradict his party’s policies, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said he supports the creation of both a Bahawalpur and a Seraiki province in southern Punjab.

COMMENTS (7)

basharat | 10 years ago | Reply

New provinces can be created by adopting the procedure laid down in article 238 and 239. In my view the courts have no jurisdiction stay the proceedings. A Bill to create a new province or to alter the limits of a province is required to passed by the senate, the National assembly, and the assembly of the province whose limits are to be altered, or out of which a new province is to be carved with not less than two third majority of their total membership. After this procedure is successfully is completed it will be sent to the President for his assent.

Mirza | 10 years ago | Reply

I have written comments rearding Punjab HC has no jurisdiction over the other provinces last night but they were not published. Each province has its own HC to deal with their problems and Lahore HC should confine itself to its own affairs. How would PML-N feel if Sharifs are called by Sind HC? It is this very attitude of Lahore Throne that is the cause of sense of deprivation and hotility against Lahore govt in S. Punjab. Every provincial HC should mind its own business and stop ruling the other provinces. Local affairs should be decided by local courts and if people of S. Punjab want a new province for local rule, it is fine.

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